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I just purchased a 2005 GL1800A Wing and I use it quite a bit to drive to work. My work schedule requires some night riding. I use the trunk for my stuff and it would be nice to have a good light (LED on the lid) to light up the compartment. Has anyone done an upgrade, and particularly where is the wiring hot in accessory mode to let me use a light. Would I be better off wiring hot to the battery and putting a pushbutton or toggle switch to disconnect and a motion switch to activate the LED strip? I am pretty good at this stuff (I know how to work on low voltage auto and moto systems). I need a starting place. I can round up the parts to do it pretty easily once I get a plan.
 

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A warm welcome to the site here Goldenboy62. :waving:

There are three easy ways to fit a trunk light, that I can think of.

Option1. Buy the following light and simply fit it to the lid liner. There is a dedicated power source under the lid liner, ( which is permanent live) all you need to do to access it is to remove the multiple screws around the edge of the black liner, including the latch bars. The available plug will be obvious. It is there on all models of GL1800.
http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800_trunk_light_kit/73/699

Option 2 means simply buying the 12 volt power socket that can be easily drilled and fitted to the trunk lid liner and the power source for it is the same as in option 1. You can then plug in any little 12 volt light that you might like. The advantage to this method is that you can use the socket to power up small items, such as phones or notebook. You can even fit this socket and still buy and fit the light in option 1.
http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800_trunk_power_plug/120/6355

Option 3 would be to just buy a simple battery operated LED light that you could stick with double sided tape to anywhere convenient in the trunk. They use little battery power but make sure you buy one with a small switch and not the push to operate type, or it may get switched on inadvertently by something that presses against it such as a helmet or bag.

I hope this helps and good luck with the project. :waving:
 

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I bought this [ame]http://www.amazon.com/RoadPro-RP-203EC-Extension-Cigarette-Lighter/dp/B000Z0HVHA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371486403&sr=8-1&keywords=12v+extension+cable[/ame] from Amazon.com. I cut the Plug off the male end with about a foot of wire then wired the female end directly to the battery through a fuse so it is always connected to power. It is a pretty heavy duty set up. I soldered the male plug to [ame]http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=float+cherger[/ame]
in place of the alligator clips. When I do not use the bike for a while I just plug it in and the battery stays charged. I charge a few different things with this receptacle while riding. A Camera, cell phone laptop, etc. I also tapped into the battery supply wire and connected a mercury switch (purchased on e-bay for about $4 or $5) to a white LED strip about a foot long with 21 LED's on it. I found it at a yard sale for $1. The light is plenty bright enough and does not use much energy.

This rig works great for everything I have tried so far. Under $25 and it has a lot different uses.

I may even get one of these [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Three-Way-Cigarette-Lighter-Socket-Splitter/dp/B0018NB3OK/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1371485985&sr=8-9&keywords=12+volt+receptacle+with+usb[/ame] if I see a need n the future.

Sorry the Harbor Freight link did not work. But you can copy and paste. The spelling mistake in the link is theirs not mine, the link will work the way it appears.
 

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If you haven't used Cyclemax before, they are a great company to deal with and well spoken of on here, so you can order with confidence if that is the route you would like to take. :)
 

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I added lights to my 1500 trunk using a LED strip and a switch. i had a 12v outlet for my cell phone to charge and just connected off of it for power. Added a switch and I can turn on/off.

 

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That reminds me, I must tidy my top box up!!! :ROFL:

Nice lighting there wingpilot96 :claps:
 
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